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Michael Campbell's best-selling POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA, now in its fourth edition, remains the industry standard in breadth of coverage, readability, and musical focus. The text provides a rich account of the evolution of popular music from the mid-19th century to the present. Discussions highlight connections, contrasts, and patterns of influence among artists, styles, and eras. Coverage of listening skills allows students to place music of their choice in context. The Fourth Edition expands the coverage of country, Latin, world, and late 20th century music to give instructors more options to teach the course as they choose to. A major reorganization replaces long chapters with units broken into small chapters to make the material easier for students to read and master. Units are clearly defined by style and timeframe, and chapters feature narrowly focused objectives. This edition features a vibrant, richly illustrated, magazine-like design, plus numerous online resources. Almost all listening examples are available on iTunes via dedicated playlists; instructors who adopt the text will also receives copies of the "heritage 3-CD set" from the 3rd edition for personal, library, and class use.
Table of Contents
1. Talking about Popular Music. 2. The Beginnings of American Popular Music. 3. The Emergence of Black Music. 4. Popular Song in the Modern Era. 5. The Swing Era. 6. In from the Outskirts: Blues and Black Gospel 1925-1950. 7. In from the Outskirts: Country and Folk Music 1925-1950. 8. Latin Music in the United States: 1900s-1950s. 9. Popular Music Matures: Musical Theater, Modern Jazz, and Song Interpretation. 10. Rock and Roll. 11. The Rock Revolution. 12. Latin Music 1950 to the Present. 13. Rock and R&B in the Early 1970s. 14. New Trends of the Late 1970s. 15. Country Music in the Rock Era. 16. Electronica and Rap. 17. Beyond Rock: the 1980s. 18. Alternatives. 19. A World of Music. 20. The 21st Century.